Music seems to aid stroke recovery

February 19, 2008 2:28:51 PM PST
Listening to music may not only be entertaining, it also seems to be good for the brain, and it really seems to help people recover more quickly from strokes.

According to a study in the journal Brain, patients who listened to a few hours of music each day soon after a stroke improved their verbal skills. Those same patients also had better moods.

Researchers say this study is the first to show that music therapy can enhance cognitive recovery and prevent negative mood in stroke patients.

Researchers are not sure why this might help, but they suspect listening to music activates the brain areas that are recovering.